The journey to closing Nepal’s wage gap

Publish Date: 
February, 2019

Pushpa Hamal, 41 from Dailekh is a Special Maintenance Group (SMG) member with Rural Access Programme (RAP). She has been the chairperson for the group for the last one year. She is also a member of the community mothers group (Aama Samuha), the women’s group (Mahila Samuha) and the agriculture Group (Krishi Samuha).  And is the mother of three sons, Bhupendra, Laxman and Prakash Shahi.  Her husband migrated to Saudi Arabia two and half years ago in search of work.  In the last year, Pushpa has helped maintain and build a number retaining walls (dry stone as well as gabion walls) and stone soling works in critical sections of the road.  Special Maintenance Group members like the one that Pushpa leads, are responsible for localised road repairs targeting access bottlenecks at critical sections and complimenting routine and recurrent activities.